12/10/19: Revelation 2:1-17; Psalm 129:1-8; Proverbs 29:19-20
As I was reading in Revelation the words of the Lord to the church at Ephesus a warning for the church today entered my mind.
Revelation 2: 2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. 3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. 5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
It appears that the church at Ephesus was doing many of the right things. They were well organized, and remained loyal. But did you notice that even though they were doing what was needed they seemed to have forgotten why. I think of them as being a well-run organization.
And I think churches today need to be aware of the same potential weakness. Keeping the building in repair, well-organized pot-lucks, and well-planned fellowship opportunities are all terrific & vital for the Body. But do we do these duties without remembering who it is that we serve or that the “church” is not a building but is each individual member with our own needs and talents.